- Sep 18, 2020
The number of churchgoers in Dutch parishes has decreased by about 25 percent as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and the elderly and other vulnerable parishioners are especially avoiding Mass because they are scared or cautious.
If Mother Teresa were alive today, she’d call on people to not be indifferent to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta.
Like many other couples around the country, Rebecca Arellano Montez and her husband Jesse can’t celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 2 the way they would like.
For Benedictine Sister Vivian Ivantic, these times are not unprecedented. Ivantic was born in 1913, five years before the Spanish flu pandemic that began in 1918. Now, the Chicago woman religious can add the novel coronavirus to the deadly illnesses she has escaped.
A moratorium on evictions in the U.S., announced Sept. 1 by President Donald Trump, will keep thousands of Americans in their homes through the end of the year, but it does not cancel rents owed.
During the virus crisis, Francis has become a 21st century “prisoner of the Vatican,” as one of his predecessors was once known, robbed of the crowds, foreign travel and visits to the peripheries that so defined and popularized his papacy.